AMN / NEW DELHI
Soon after the Aam Aadmi Party announced its nominees for elections to three Delhi Rajya Sabha seats ignoring its senior leader Kumar Vishwas another political battle begins in party
Kumar Vishwas went public declaring battle against party chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying he has been “punished for speaking the truth.”
Kumar Vishwas’ supporters had picketed the party office demanding that their leader, who founded AAP along with Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, be sent to parliament. But his frequent run-ins with Mr Kejriwal, who accuses Mr Vishwas of plotting to overthrow him as AAP chief, cancelled the chances of the poet-politician.
AAP, which was served at least seven rejections by well-known people it approached to be its Rajya Sabha nominees, including former RBI chief Raghuram Rajan, announced today that it was nominating its senior leader Sanjay Singh, along with a Delhi-based businessman Sushil Gupta and a chartered accountant ND Gupta.
Manish Sisodia introduced the two Mr Guptas as eminent people, listing their public service and work in the party.
“Whatever the name of those Guptas, congratulations to Kejriwal and them for loyal work to AAP…They will now sit where Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Indira Gandhi and other stalwarts sat…I have to say, I have never felt more disappointed with this party. They couldn’t have been more blatant about their shady dealings,” Mr Vishwas said.
He said his criticism of several decisions taken by party boss Mr Kejriwal since last year were “my honest opinions and I have been punished for that,” adding, “I was told by Kejriwal you have died but I will not let you become a martyr…Today I can say, don’t interfere with a dead body. Don’t spread the bad smell.”
“I’m speechless, stunned and ashamed,” said former AAP leader and Swaraj India founder Yogendra Yadav, adding “I used to say, whatever his other faults Arvind Kejriwal cannot be bought… Now I don’t know what to say.”